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Student Collaboration

​Here are some of the ways that companies can collaborate with students.

Courses

The School of Economics collaborates with companies in many of its courses. Just by participating in a visiting lecture, a company can help provide a practical perspective on the topics at hand while also promoting its visibility and reputation among students. 

Here are a few courses where corporate collaboration plays an especially integral role:

  • Acting as a partner company in the TEVY course
    The TEVY course is a first-year course where students develop the skills they will need in their careers as business experts. Every spring, the students team up to solve the assignments provided by the course’s partner company. The partner company, in turn, will be provided with four 6–7-person teams who will be eager to tackle the company’s assignments.  If your company would like to participate in the course, please contact TEVY coordinator Katariina Heikkilä, katariina.heikkila@utu.fi, (02) 333 9590
  • Course works – in several of the School’s courses, students implement small corporate assignments, such as market surveys or consumer research. Almost every subject at the School includes courses that can be customised to provide companies with any type of survey, brainstorming session or other similar assignment that they could ever need. Contact us!

The Business Innovation Camp

The Business Innovation Camp is where students from Turku School of Economics and the University of Turku get together to innovate and solve corporate business challenges. The Camp’s implementation method is customised to meet the needs of the partner company, and the 6–10 final-year student participants of the Camp are recruited from different fields on the basis of an application. Read more.

INNO58H

INNO58H is an innovation course that goes beyond any scientific boundaries and brings together the expertise of students from the higher education institutions in Turku. INNO58H helps harness the different skills of its student participants to solve the theme or problem presented by the company. Read more.

Bachelor’s and master’s theses

In the field of economics and business studies, bachelor’s and master’s theses traditionally provide a good opportunity for fruitful collaboration between students and companies. A company can act as the subject of the research and answer a survey created by the student or participate in one or several interviews. The company can also act as the commissioner of the research, meaning that the research is used to seek answers to the questions defined by the student and company.

Bachelor’s thesis is typically based on literature and pre-existing materials that can help benefit a company’s various information-related needs. The writing process usually lasts between three to four months.

In a master’s thesis, the student is also typically expected to generate new research data (e.g. with interviews) that then helps them dive deeper into their selected themes. The writing process usually lasts between six months to a year. A one-time fee (a stipend or other such grant) is usually paid for a master’s thesis that is directly linked to a company’s needs.

If your company is interested in commissioning a thesis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Doctoral dissertations

A company can also be closely involved in a doctoral candidate’s dissertation work. In a doctoral dissertation, the company typically acts as the research subject: the results of the research then help the company in its business activities. Since doctoral dissertations aim for detailed understanding in a chosen subject, the writing process takes around four years altogether. The company should expect to collaborate with the doctoral candidate for a duration that typically lasts from one to two years.

This collaboration can include very different operating methods, depending on the nature of the research. The research process can include workshops, surveys, interviews or even participating in board meetings as an observer. The doctoral candidate can also report their findings to the company in the manner that has been agreed upon in advance.

Doctoral dissertations are created both independently and as part of larger research projects that can include several higher education institutions and companies. Read more as well.

Internships

Hiring an intern is a great way to host a student at your company for a short duration. Even though the internship is not a mandatory part of the School’s curriculum, many students participate in internships as part of their studies.

The internship typically lasts for 2–3 months, and the employer pays the intern an internship salary. The length of the internship can vary depending on the needs of both parties. The School provides financial support annually for dozens of its student interns who work at different companies, typically by financing one month’s internship salary.

If you are interested in hiring an intern from Turku School of Economics, contact the University of Turku's Career Services (rekry@utu.fi)

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